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How Can I Sell My Home-Canned Foods, Like Jams, Salsa, Sauces, Fruits and Vegetables

Can I Sell My Home-Canned Salsa, Jams and Other Preserves?

Have you got a great recipe for home-made salsa, jam, jelly or other home-canned food? Your friends and family tell you that you should go into business selling it? And now you're wondering what it would take to actually sell your award-winning tomato salsa, apple butter, applesauce or strawberry jam? This page should answer your questions to help you Decide if it's right for you!

The production and sales of processed foods is governed by state and federal regulations. Each state is different, so proper advice is needed from a specialist in each state. Some states allow sales at farmer's markets of select foods; others prohibit sales altogether. Most states now have cottage food laws now that don't require a licensed kitchen. In those states, you can sell at a farmers market or roadside stand jams and jellies as well as baked goods that don't require refrigeration. Typically, in those states, you just need to label them with the weight or volume, our name, our address, the words "this item is home produced" and all the ingredients in order by weight. Usually, you can not do anything 'acidified' (like pickles), anything pressure canned, or anything needing refrigeration. For this we don't need a licensed kitchen or any inspections. "

First, check if your idea falls under Cottage Food laws

Cottage food laws are exceptions for certain types of low-risk food operations.

States with Cottage Food Laws

The vast majority of us now live in states that either have cottage food laws or exemptions.  So, unless you live in KS, ND, MT or RI, click on the link below:

See this page for specific information for your state  (EXCEPT for Kansas, North Dakota, Montana, New Jersey and Rhode Island)

States without Cottage food laws or exemptions:

Click here if you live in Kansas, North Dakota, Montana, New Jersey and Rhode Island

What if my idea is bigger than a "cottage" business or that isn't applicable?

Don't give up.  Perhaps what you want to do does not fall under the cottage food laws.  In that case, you're starting  a regular food business. 

This page will help you understand how to do that.


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